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Apr252011

Simon Cowell Eyes Paula Abdul for 'X Factor' Judge

Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Simon Cowell has a couple of big names in mind for his judges' panel on The X Factor.

Aside from himself and the already-announced L.A. Reid, Cowell confirmed to Deadline.com that he wants British pop star Cheryl Cole on the panel. However, perhaps the biggest name who could join the show is Paula Abdul, his former colleague from American Idol. Abdul, whose CBS dance competition Live to Dance was canceled last February after just one season, is reportedly yet to begin negotiations with The X Factor. Talks between Cole and show producers are reprotedly ongoing.

Cowell says of Abdul, "I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. And I've been consistent about this. I don’t know what it is about her, but I've always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she's right." As for Cole, he says Fox is "desperate" to bring her aboard.

The X Factor premieres in the fall on Fox.

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